Life at Riverview - Culture, events, programs and news
The Riverview Speaker Series features individuals from various professional and academic backgrounds presenting topics of cultural, societal, and professional importance.
A key objective of the Riverview Speaker Series is to help students enlarge their horizons to appreciate other fields of work with which they may not be familiar.
The format of the Riverview Speaker Series is that of a get-together in the living room, in a friendly atmosphere, and in which attendees are encouraged to engage with the ideas presented. The talk usually begins at 7:15pm, lasts for 30 to 45 minutes, and is followed by a brief discussion.
Prof. Nancy J. Adler, McGill University, Faculty of Management. The Artistry of Leadership - Invoking beauty in today's leadership approaches. Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Prof. Richard Schultz, McGill University, Political Science. 150 Years Ater Confederation. Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Prof. Kenneth Ragan, McGill University, Department of Physics. Physics Today, Advances and Boundaries. Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Featured Past Guests
Aristide Nononsi, Ph.D., McGill University, Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa. The Challenge of Human Rights Protection in Sudan. Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Christopher Ragan, Ph.D., Department of Economics, McGill University. Why should we price pollution? Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Victor Muñiz-Fraticelli, McGill University, Law and Political Science. The legitimacy of immigration restrictions on religious groups. Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Daniel Tselyakov, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Music. Piano Concert, featuring works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Marc Bissell, Principal, Castleton Financial and Honorary Consul General for Austria. Reaching Higher: Advice for Professional Development. Thursday, November 24, 2016, 6:45 p.m.
Jesse Plessis, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Music. Piano Concert, featuring works of Beethoven and Plessis. Friday, October 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Kay, Columnist, National Post. What does it mean to be liberal?. Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Daniel Tselyakov and Jesse Plessis, Graduate Students, Université de Montréal, Faculty of Music. Piano Concert, featuring works of Haydn, Schumann, Kaputsin and Liszt. Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Somerville, Ph.D., McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University. Euthanasia: Damage Control. Friday, February 12, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Mark Basik, M.D., Jewish General Hospital and Departments of Surgery and Oncology, McGill University. Where is cancer research leading us? Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Robert di Pede, Ph.D., Catholic Studies and Newman Centre, McGill University. Philosophy in the University? Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:15 p.m.
Karl Moore, Ph.D., Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. The Emergence of New Paradigms in Postmodern Leadership. Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:15 p.m.
Fr. José León Albéniz, priest of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, passed away suddenly Sunday, January 31, 2016. All in Riverview have a debt of gratitude towards him. Fr. Albéniz was born in Tafalla, Spain. He was the son of the late José Maria, and is mourned by his mother María Josefa, and his siblings Loren, Valero, Carmen and Fernando, along with his nephews and nieces. He is also mourned by the Prelate of Opus Dei, the faithful and priests of the Prelature in Canada, as well as many people who benefited from his priestly ministry.
He received a degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 1977, and then became a teacher at the Colegio Viaró in the same city. In 1979 he moved to the international seminary of Opus Dei in Rome, and completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He worked in Rome for around ten years for the Prelature close to blessed Alvaro del Portillo, the first Prelate of Opus Dei. He was ordained to the diaconate on January 25, 1990, and to the priesthood on June 10 of the same year by Saint John Paul II. In January 1991, he came to Montreal to help the growth of Opus Dei in Canada.
Fr. Albéniz exercised his priestly ministry in Canada for 25 years. He was chaplain of a number of centres of Opus Dei, regular confessor at the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral and the Saint-Ambroise Church. He preached many retreats for men and women at the Manoir de Beaujeu, as well as giving spiritual direction to many people over the years. Since 1992 he held the post of Spiritual Director of the Prelature in Canada. He was also the chaplain of Centre Piedmont.
Some testimonials about Riverview's activities
Our two boys started attending Riverview activities in their Secondary 1st years (4 and 3 years ago respectively). It is hard to say what was the main attraction - the friendly, family-like atmosphere, interesting speakers, amazing spring break trips, lots of good jokes, thought-provoking movies followed by stimulating discussions..... probably even food played a major role (unlike at Riverview, in our house spare ribs and homemade cake are not on Saturday lunch's menu) or the fact that residents of Riverview seem to be on top of all the latest technology and contemporary music.
We can't say that we have witnessed a great "St.Paul moment" - when our boys would change dramatically as a result of one single Riverview event. However, that's logical - growing up and maturing takes years. It is the small decisions that matter, because they change into life-long habits. Our younger son commented that very often after we have had a discussion on a topic at home, the following Saturday they would hear a talk on that particular topic at Riverview. It's not a miracle or telepathy; it's just a proof that their mentors at Riverview have the same goals and concerns as we, parents - for example the importance of studying or the good use of someone's time. Actually, this is exactly what teenagers need - to hear the same positive message from somebody different than their own parents.
Finally, we can't forget to mention three additional equally important factors - the sacraments, prayers and the positive peer pressure from their friends who share the same faith and values.
Paul and Katerina
I don?t know if you collect testimonials for the Big Picture program but I have to tell you I was blown away when I picked up my son today.
Prior to attending the seminar he was very unmotivated towards school and very focused on a non-achievement orientation. When I picked him up he was very upbeat and talked about all the different excursions. After he had described the course to me I asked him what his one big thing was ? idea or goal - that he had come away from the week with. He told me that ?I always thought I wanted to go to college but now I know I want to go to university and do my PhD in computer software.? He then proceeded to talk very intelligently about the move from the ?epic win? in computer gaming to real world games where you have to struggle with real world issues, like lack of oil and how this would help us in the future solve real world problems. Clearly he had discussed this issue during the week but what impressed me was the way he could thoughtfully articulate this issue.
I feel this week was a big turning point for him and will form an important foundation block for his continued maturing and growth into a competent young man.
Thank you so much!
The Big Picture Seminar held at Riverview Student Residence in Montreal in 2011 was a smashing success! Our son François really appreciated the basic structure, what with Mass and instruction every morning, followed by some high-octane fun in the afternoon (zip-lining and white-water rafting = white-knuckle thrills!), rounded out by movies and games in the evening.
Best of all, though, were the new friendships with other like-minded boys, and the valued companionship this brings.
My wife and I want to thank David Demers, the Seminar organizer, for leading this session so effectively. Our son will definitely be back!
Anne and Richard
When our eldest son was getting ready to move to Montreal to study for a semester, the prospect felt so distant that we were not sure on what advice to offer him. Thankfully the possibility of him staying at Riverview came up and all our doubts quickly disappeared.
In early October, we travelled to Canada to be with our son and visit the place where he lives. We wanted to thank all the residents at Riverview for welcoming him ? we had heard so many good things about them! Although our expectations were high, they were greatly surpassed when we finally visited the house.
As soon as we entered Riverview, it felt like home. We felt the family atmosphere that is the hallmark of the centres of Opus Dei in every photo and detail of the house. We visited the study room, the wonderful terrace with a view of the St. Lawrence River and the small but welcoming oratory. We liked everything. As parents, what better place could there be for our son than Riverview in the company of these young men? They have an interior joy that is contagious and that manifests itself in a shared language, a common feeling. We could touch the reality that Opus Dei is a great family. We had heard and read about it, and now we have experienced it.
Many thanks for all that you?ve been teaching our son and the affection that you have for him! This trip has been like a breath of fresh air that has lifted up our soul.
Maria and Juan